E.U. and Congressional leaders meet to discuss energy policy

Members of the European Parliament are in Washington D.C. this week for the Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue, which will see lawmakers from the U.S. and the E.U. discuss economic, social and security matters.

The Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue has been happening twice a year since 1972 and is the formal platform for cooperation between Congress and the European Parliament.

As America’s largest trading partner, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) has invited E.U. representatives to a meeting with the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

The meeting, to be held Thursday in the Rayburn House Office Building, will be co-chaired by former Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek, now a long-serving member of the European Parliament.

Members of the subcommittee and European Parliament will discuss numerous power and energy issues that are vital to both the U.S. and Europe. They will discuss a bipartisan trip that took congressmen to major European energy-producing hubs to find ways to establish better cooperative measures.

The meeting will build on the framework and relationships that developed during that trip. Major topics at hand include energy security, lower energy prices, and better economic competitiveness.

“This forum provides a unique opportunity to have a personal and constructive conversation with our European allies on how we can enhance our mutual energy security and economic well being,” Upton said. “We look forward to exploring how America’s energy abundance can drive economic growth, promote jobs, and enhance our energy security here at home and abroad for our European allies.”

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